Eleanor Roosevelt has gone down in history as a very popular First Lady.
Her portrait on the half-ounce First Spouse gold coin just released by the U.S. Mint makes history in another way.
You can see her teeth.
The portrait was done by the Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program artist Chris Costello and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
On the reverse, done by Costello and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Renata Gordon, Roosevelt’s right hand is shown lighting a candle. A glowing light rises over a stylized graphic of the Earth’s curved horizon, symbolizing her life’s work and the global impact of her humanitarian initiatives, says the Mint’s description.
Price of the new coin on Sept. 4 was $940 for the proof and $920 for the uncirculated.
Maximum mintage will be 10,000, though recent designs have come nowhere close to that figure.
Visit the Mint’s website at www.usmint.gov to order, or telephone (800) USA-MINT.